Rice University
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assignment Level : Introductive
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language Subtitles : Korean, Turkish, Chinese
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timer 40 hours in total

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This two-part course is designed to help students with very little or no computing background learn the basics of building simple interactive applications. Our language of choice, Python, is an easy-to learn, high-level computer language that is used in many of the computational courses offered on Coursera. To make learning Python easy, we have developed a new browser-based programming environment that makes developing interactive applications in Python simple. These applications will involve windows whose contents are graphical and respond to buttons, the keyboard and the mouse. In part 2 of this course, we will introduce more elements of programming (such as list, dictionaries, and loops) and then use these elements to create games such as Blackjack. Part 1 of this class will culminate in building a version of the classic arcade game "Asteroids". Upon completing this course, you will be able to write small, but interesting Python programs. The next course in the specialization will begin to introduce a more principled approach to writing programs and solving computational problems that will allow you to write larger and more complex programs.

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Syllabus

  • Week 1 - Week 5 - Mouse input, list methods, dictionaries
    Read mouse input, learn about list methods and dictionaries, draw images
  • Week 2 - Week 6 - Classes and object-oriented programming
    Learn the basics of object-oriented programming in Python using classes, work with tiled images
  • Week 3 - Week 7 - Basic game physics, sprites
    Understand the math of acceleration and friction, work with sprites, add sound to your game
  • Week 4 - Week 8 - Sets and animation
    Learn about sets in Python, compute collisions between sprites, animate sprites
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Intructors

Joe Warren
Professor
Computer Science

Scott Rixner
Professor
Computer Science

John Greiner
Lecturer
Department of Computer Science

Stephen Wong
Lecturer
Computer Science

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Located on a 300-acre forested campus in Houston, Rice University is consistently ranked among the top 20 universities in the U.S. and the top 100 in the world. Rice has highly respected schools of Architecture, Business, Continuing Studies, Engineering, Humanities, Music, Natural Sciences and Social Sciences and is home to the Baker Institute for Public Policy.
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Coursera is a digital company offering massive open online course founded by computer teachers Andrew Ng and Daphne Koller Stanford University, located in Mountain View, California. 

Coursera works with top universities and organizations to make some of their courses available online, and offers courses in many subjects, including: physics, engineering, humanities, medicine, biology, social sciences, mathematics, business, computer science, digital marketing, data science, and other subjects.

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